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Langue de l'enseignement : Anglais

Niveau de l'enseignement : B2-Avancé - Utilisateur indépendant

Description du contenu de l'enseignement

The purpose of this course is to reasses selected crucial areas of American socio-economic and political developments since the Second World War. The course also aims at improving the participants’ skills to analyze and interpret textual and iconographic documents.

Compétences à acquérir

At the end of the course, students should be able to talk about and discuss some of the most important elements of the political and socio-economic evolution of the United States from the Second World War to present times. To do so, they will be trained to: analyze texts and images and use the proper vocabulary, to improve their written and oral skills to develop arguments.

Bibliographie, lectures recommandées

  • ABELSON, Donald. Do Think Tank Matters ?: Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes, Montreal : McGill’s University Press, 2009, 345 p. (chapter 2)
  • BRINKLEY, Alan. « The Problem of American Conservatism », American Historical Review, vol.99, n° 2 (1994) : 409-429.
  • FRASER, Steve & GERSTLE, Gary. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order 1930-1980. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1989, 311 p.
  • FREEMAN Jo. « The Political Culture of the Democratic and Republican Parties », The Political Science Quaterly, vol. 101, n°3 (Fall 1986) : 327-356
  • GODET Aurélie. « ‘The Other Netroots’ : A Study of Online Conservative Activism from 1998 to 2010 », Politique, démocratie et culture aux Etats-Unis à l’ère du numérique, Elisabeth Boulot (dir.). Paris : L’Harmattan, 2011, 17-40.
  • KAMARCK, Elaine C. Primary Politics : How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System. Washington, D.C. : Brooking Institution Press, 2009, 216 p.
  • MURRIN, John M. ed. Liberty, Equality and Power : A History of the American People : since 1863, Stamford, Conn. : Wadsworth Publishing Co., sixth edition, 2011, 738 p.
  • MILKIS, Sidney.The American Presidency : Origins and Developments, 1776-2011, Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2013, sixth edition, 575 p
  • OLESCEK, Walter J. Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process. Washington D.C. : CQ Press, 2013, neuvième édition, 380 p.
  • ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. « The Four Freedoms Speech », State of the Union Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, , 6 janvier 1941.
  • SHERMER, Elizabeth T. Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape. Tucson, Ariz. : University of Arizona Press, 2013, 296 p.
  • SCHLESINGER, Arthur Jr.. « Liberalism in America : A Not e for Europeans », 1956, Université de Pennsylvanie [site internet], , consulté le 06/11/2013.
  • VAISSE, Justin. Neoconservatism : The Biography of a Movement. Boston : Harvard University Press, 2011, 376 p.
  • WASHINGTON, George. « Farewell address », 26 September 1796.

Video excerpt
BUCHANAN, Pat. 1992 Republican National Convention Speech, 17 August 1992. KING , Martin L. « I Have a Dream », 28 August 1963
Willie Horton ad for the Republican Party, 1988

Iconographic document
HUDSON, Bill. High School Student attacked by dogs, New York Times, May 4, 1963.


Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion


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